Summer Protective Gear – Do You Have Everything on This List?
While you’re having your fun in the sun this summer, are you staying safe in the heat? Summer weather and more outdoor activities means there’s a higher risk of injury from things like sun exposure, dangerous insects, heat injury and more. Make sure you’re prepared for your summer fun by stocking up on these essential items that will keep you safe all summer long:
When heading outside this summer, it’s important to remember to slather on the sunscreen first. Many people remember to bring sunscreen to the beach or pool, but doctors recommend wearing it every single day to protect your skin from harmful UV radiation from the sun. Not only does sunscreen prevent sunburn, but it also significantly decreases your risk of developing skin cancer later on. Experts recommend wearing at least SPF 15 sunscreen and reapplying every two hours that you are in the sun for maximum protection.
Hats aren’t just a fashion item; they can help protect your head, face and neck from the sun’s harmful rays. When heading outdoors for extended periods, consider bringing a hat along for your own protection. Whether you’re at the beach, enjoying a baseball game or simply taking a stroll around the neighborhood, your head and neck will thank you for the extra shade of a hat.
You’re not the only one who is enjoying the warmer weather. Bugs love it too, and the summertime can present a whole new host of insects that enjoy snacking on unsuspecting humans. Ticks, mosquitoes and spiders are some of the critters you may find a lot more of this time of year, and a bite from one of them is no laughing matter. Not only are bug bites itchy and painful, but they can also spread dangerous diseases such as Lyme disease, Zika virus and more. Protect yourself from harm by investing in a bug spray to use before going outside this summer, especially before trekking through grassy or wooded areas.
Did you know that your eyes can be damaged by the sun as well? UV rays can be harmful to both your eyes, and the skin around them. Sun exposure around your eyes can lead to cataracts or even skin cancer. Protect your vision with sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays — the kind that wrap around your entire eye area are best. Additionally, sunglasses protect your eyes and the sensitive area around them from premature aging and wrinkles and help keep dirt and sand away.
Most people wear less clothing in the summertime. From bathing suits to shorts and tank tops, it can feel nice to show off a little skin in the summer heat. But it’s important to remember that showing off some skin means less protection from the sun’s harmful rays. When you don’t feel like wearing as much sunscreen, opt for clothing that keeps you covered in the heat. With options like beach cover-ups, light and flowy long-sleeve shirts, linen pants and flowy skirts, you’ll be sure to stay cool while remaining protected from the sun.
Don’t let summer fun turn into summer pain. Remember to stock up on sunscreen, bug spray and other protective gear before leaving the house, and you’ll be sure to have a good time in the sun. But if you do experience an unexpected injury, head to your nearest American Family Care location. With shorter wait times and lower costs than an emergency room, you’ll be back outside and having fun again in no time. And this time, don’t forget the sunscreen!